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edward snowden. most of the protesting. with. the.
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it's a pleasure to have you with us this morning here. in the russian capital. now lawyers have pledged support for edward snowden's application for refuge in russia following his meeting with russian international human rights activists. of course that's where he's been holed up now for the past three weeks details from. he expressed his gratitude to the countries that have suggested they would take him in these include the likes of venezuela bolivia and nicaragua but it's becoming apparent that it's increasingly difficult for him to get to these countries not only because of the lack of paperwork but also because of america's aggressive
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pursuit of him which led to the grounding of the bolivian president's plane over european aspace of course last week and edward snowden says that such the such an aggressive pursuit is not just endangering his life but also the lives and liberties of other people as well which is why he's got these human rights groups and lawyers involved and also because of the difficulty in traveling is why he's got russia are involved as well applying for political asylum and whether his application is successful or not only time will tell but the indication is that it will be granted russian lawmakers are just left off was in the meeting yesterday and indicated that snowden's application would be looked upon favorably as snowden no says that conditions are acceptable he can get it i think he really. said as far as the requirements for a political refugee human rights activists of lawyers who were there. at the end of the war agreeing to it he was prosecuted for political reasons rather than on legal
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grounds but russia has played this very much by the book from the start initially of course when he was in the transit zone the argument was simple from russia's point of view he doesn't come under our jurisdiction he hasn't crossed the border he's not in russian territory we don't have a decision to make the president starts and russia's stance has always been that edward snowden will not be extradited to the united states of course america a country that still has the death penalty that remains the case now he's applied for asylum in russia and says he will meet the criteria laid out is the decision for the russian authorities to make but i think it's becoming increasingly apparent as well that president vladimir putin doesn't really want this to become a major issue between the united. states and russia tensions between the two countries great at the moment and i think this is an issue that plays countries could do without now both presidents barack obama and vladimir putin did have a phone conversation late on friday the exact details of what was discussed is
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unknown but i think it's going to maybe try and score some simple points over the united states but this doesn't become too much of a thorny issue between the two. political reporting right there i mean while the whistleblower is meeting with human rights activists it's caused yet another outburst of criticism from washington which demands snowden be handed over details now from our seas guy in a chicken the white house has basically accused russia of providing quote a propaganda platform for edward snowden this is washington's reaction to edward snowden's meeting with russian human rights activists at the moscow airport take a listen i would simply say that providing a propaganda platform for mr snowden runs counter to the russian government's previous declarations of russia's neutrality and that they have and that they have no control over his presence in the airport it's also incompatible with russian assurances that they do not want. mr snowden to further damage u.s.
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interests. we know that president obama and president putin discussed edward snowden over the phone we don't know how that conversation went but the obama administration's latest statements can give us an idea the state department has earlier reiterated washington's disappointment over snowden's meeting with human rights activists suggesting that somehow russian authorities could have a should have barred edward snowden from speaking take a listen we are disappointed that russian officials and agencies facilitated this meeting today by allowing these activists and representatives into the moscow airports transit zone to meet with mr snowden despite the government's declarations of russian's neutrality with respect to mr snowden you're disappointed that they looked on into their own airport and well it well that they facilitated this event of course why because this gave a forum going to be you should have before there's a for you forfeited his right to freedom of speech as well met miss mr snowden as
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we've talked about let me just say this because i think it's important he's not a whistleblower he's not human rights activists he's wanted on a series of serious criminal charges brought in these thirty eastern district of virginia in the united states i'm sorry but i didn't realize people wanted on charges forfeited their right to speak to free speech it's very interesting how washington now uses the word pop again referring to edward snowden's speech basically suggesting that somehow russia should deny him free speech the journalist who challenged the state department spokesperson sort of showed how ridiculous that sounds coming from the u.s. it almost sounds like would you please silence that guy we don't like what he's saying one could just imagine what the u.s. reaction would be to a similar call from russia if it were let's say some russian whistleblower who stood up for civil liberties in russia and was asking for asylum in the u.s. not hard to guess what the reaction would be regardless of what russians think about snowden according to the most recent polls fifty five percent. americans view
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snowden as a whistleblower and only thirty four percent consider him a traitor so the majority of americans do not think what edward snowden is saying is propaganda. guy nature can and stephen cohen professor of russian and slavic studies at new york university and believes edward snowden's case has landed moscow and washington while in a quite a predicament. this is a classic case of the testing of leadership both in moscow and washington neither leader neither obama nor putin can be happy about mr snowden sitting in the moscow airport and didn't invite him to show but he can't or seem very political reasons obama needs to show he's tough on snowden. i can't believe that the united states actually wants to put on trial because if it was a fair trial or a legal trial all snowden would have the right to subpoena american officials who
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have knowledge of all this intelligence he's exposed would not be so i think there's a vested interest bills with obama and putin to find a way to solve this problem so that neither is damaged politically so will now see what kind of leaders they are and now south american nations belonging to the trade bloc of recalled their ambassadors for talks from european countries they are all involved in the grounding of the bolivian president's plane this according to the euro why in foreign minister of the member states of also slammed washington for what they call a neo colonial mindset washington's unrelenting pressure on latin american governments is a blatant disregard of international law that's according to human rights activist peter tatchell. what the united states government is doing is seeking to obstruct snowden's bid to seek asylum not to get asylum but to seek asylum you know his bullied and managed to threaten other countries around the world to not grant him
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asylum and to not give airspace so that a flight can take him to another country that is a direct attack upon the united nations refugee convention and it is shocking and appalling there's supposedly democratic government united states with a collusion of european governments including the government here in britain has been conspiring together to not allow our mr snowden to make a valid asylum application there is no way that he is a spy he has not contacted any foreign spy agencies he's not divulge any information to foreign governments he has simply exposed the fact that united states national security agency and britain's spy agency g c h q have been snooping inspiring upon millions of innocent private citizens that is not spying charge he
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is a whistleblower and he deserves asylum because here at r.t. we've been closely following the developments in edward snowden's case from the very beginning you can get all the latest on the links on the asylum controversy online right now of course r.t. dot com. in the meantime here on the program a u.s. officials claim that most of the hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay have eaten a meal and this for the first time since the protests began more than five months ago but lawyers for the captives say that doesn't mean the strike is going to end now forty five prisoners are still being force fed in what a u.s. federal judge has slammed as a quote painful humiliating and degrading process and more on the story to bring important. ninety nine of those one hundred and two men on strike have eaten a meal within the past twenty four hours according to the director of public affairs at good mo samuel house he says that most of the prisoners took part in
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a meal of lamb to break the first day of fast during the muslim holy period of ramadan which lasts through the month now during ramadan observance abstain from food or drink from sunrise to sunset the prisoners who have eaten are still considered hunger strikers because the u.s. military requires several days of sustained eating and minimum caloric intake before a prisoner is removed from the list of hunger strikers now u.s. military officials say forty five of the prisoners are still on the forced forced feeding list meaning they can be strapped down and fed a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal gastric tube on monday a u.s. federal judge called the procedure a quote painful humiliating and degrading process that comment was made in a ruling in which she said she had no with already to order
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a stop of of the force feeding that's been ongoing at guantanamo bay now get moved fishel say out of respect for the prisoners religious beliefs the forced feedings will only be carried out at night during ramadan now so far what's not clear is if they get mowed detainee's in time to completely abandon their hunger strike or if the evening is a temporary reprieve during the holy month of ramadan now some lawyers for the prisoners remain very skeptical of the lead us reports coming from u.s. officials because they say the u.s. military has tried to downplay the hunger strike from the very beginning the very beginning which is dated back more than five months ago now the protest at guantanamo has continued to raise awareness in the u.s. and throughout the world and it has forced u.s. president barack obama to renew his efforts to close the island prison were one hundred sixty six men are still languishing. and
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a us public defender colonist want to represent eleven of the detainees he says i don't intend to stop the hunger strike that hasn't told barack obama delivers on his long running pledge to close the notorious prison the president has the power to released eighty six men right now and we've heard noises that he intends to do so but we see no action since it's speech and i believe you're still going to have a number of hunger strikers until we see people transferred that's just the bottom line hopefully the military has started to engage the men and is doing positive steps to end the hunger strike again all of us hope that it does and i hope that my clients are eating and i don't want them to starve i don't think any lawyer does but at the same time we are waiting for president obama to do what he said he would do and that is to transfer the innocent men eighty six innocent man. so good to have you with us here today in the program. india's largest. protest could be behind the environmental drive to get rid of.
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investigations underway into a blast in the u.k. as the muslim community fears a further rise in. the rest of our top stories just about. privacy. for the past decade or so because now we have a lot of people who knows if there's
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a problem and how big it is. download the. stream. and enjoy your favorite. if you're away from. your mobile device you can watch on t.v. anytime anywhere. thanks for joining us we're coming to you live from moscow. police officers have been injured in belfast. after the annual pro british protestant parade turned violent several fires are burning across the city as well and more than six hundred police drafted in from across the u.k.
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they came along and used water cannons to disperse the angry mobs in the thick of it. i didn't write back to. find out that. this is the front like. you can see in the back. in the front right. the. wrong simple things being. deployed. sort of. coming. down some of the very things that he. said to me once again. around the world it was. the tension because.
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this would be able to. see things. in the people anything the number of things this was some of the. things that a little bit of. all the. community today. might even say provocative and. a lot of questions will be off about whether anything being done to prevent this kind of thing from happening. or not. but for now a civil war within a civil war situation said to be brewing in syria where a top rebel commander has been shot dead by islamist militants of the free syrian army officer was ambushed by al-qaeda linked fighters and if i say official says that they've since received threats from the islamists to kill all of the rebel army commandos of the various factions of the syrian opposition has been unable to form a united front against government forces which have been on the offensive across
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the country the latest outbreak of infighting has all sorts. fears that weapons smuggled to the rebels could end up in the hands of extremists a free syrian army spokesman. says the front is being weakened by the feud. this problem between the opposition on the ground will escalate and we could possibly see. an internal all out fight between the rebels themselves who are the free syrian army and. and that's what i fear i fear that once as it is going on. in might be a potential conflict between the rebels themselves a free syrian army and and then the such as just with the muscle and that's the very concerning they have an object to and that is to oust and get rid of asset and the regime and now that you create this internal problem within themselves it's going to be
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a further backlash for the opposition in order to advance to take out assets so that's just a problem right now you internals who are fighting themselves with the opposition and i said and his regime sitting back and loving. egypt now seeing more rallies as thousands joined the marchers demanding the president mohamed morsi be reinstated for the protests come amid a crackdown by the country's islamist movement with chants led to bloodshed under rests of the muslim brotherhood says morsy supporters will stay in the streets until their demands are met with his opponents and more demonstrations of their own the country's military which remove the president from power is now preparing for fresh elections both presidential and parliamentary america meantime has joined the german foreign ministry and calling for more seats to be released. straight to the off the world update now starting with iraq where more than thirty have been killed after an explosion of a teashop in cook the oil rich city is often frequented by sectarian attacks it is
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home to arabs codes and turks all competing for influence in the area roughly seven hundred were killed across the country last month. at least six people killed dozens injured when a passenger train derailed and hit a crowded platform of just south of paris a rescue a search for people trapped under the debris throughout the night i know the french president has visited the crash site promising a thorough investigation. british police are investigating a nail bomb explosion at a mosque in the town of tipton of the fourth such attack in a month and this incident came on the day of the funeral of soldier lee rigby he was mowed to broad daylight by alleged islamic extremists reports. the most cap'n to be nearly empty and luckily nobody was hurt but people in the area saying that they're extremely shaken that they're now going to be looking over their shoulder next time they go to that place of worship now this is happening on the day of the
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funeral the private funeral of a british soldier drummer lee rigby who was killed in an islamist terror attack in which in may since then there's been a real spike in islamophobia tax across the country. so tensions this saturday on the rise and people speaking outside the mosque saying that they're not feeling very comfortable tall about this now as to who may be responsible for this attack it's much too early to speculate the police haven't said anything yet but there's already speculation on the internet they're saying that this potentially could be a reprisal for the death of drummer lee rigby by perhaps the far right movement we've seen a number of attacks against loss in mosques in the past months so it's definitely possible worrying trend now to talk about this further i'm joined by fear as a gal from the charity faith matters now there's a very worrying survey that recently came out saying that two thirds of britons believe that there's going to be a clash of civilizations between white britons and between muslims living in the
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u.k. do you envisage these sorts of tensions getting worse in the u.k. and i think certainly we're seeing localized areas where there are where there are heightened tensions particularly with volved i think the general. theory of a clash of civilizations will take place may take root in the united kingdom but a lot of the incidences are clues of localized issues and localized tensions particularly where the english defense league comes in and tries to manipulate those tensions we sure will each other areas so really low clouds tensions within the national picture of we're not going to have these kind of issues playing out much more why delivery systems are thank you very much for your comments while the investigation into this incident at the mosque in tipton is still underway is being treated as an attempted terrorist attack and already a number of muslims in the area as i said saying that they feel extremely unsafe in
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the light of the most recent attack. india's a supreme court may have given the final nod to the commissioning of the country's largest power plant for the move hasn't come the scandal surrounding it or the nation is split locals into those who claim it's crucial for the economy and those insisting it's a major health hazard sees a lecturer ski's been investigating what's driving the anti nuclear cam. this may have seemed as a minor peaceful protest but it seriously stalled one of india's most and vicious projects the first energy block of the nuclear power station destined to solve a growing electricity problem for millions was due to be launched in twenty eleven because of these fishermen protesting against what they see as an environmental threat india's high court refused to give the go ahead for the station to start working however protesters were forced to declare they were acting in good faith with no foreign financing a small amount of money that we need comes from our own people the fisherman contribute part of every once in two weeks but not everyone quite bought that
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india's prime minister accused western states of derailing india's nuclear program the atomic energy program has got into difficulties because these n.g.o.s mostly i think based in the us don't appreciate the need for all countries to increase energy. this protest is not a one off rallies organized by non-governmental organizations targeted to other projects in india mining was also hit by unrest leading to multi-million dollar losses and severely hampering development and your role the local tribal a lot of people who are demanding. that these people are coming to expect. and do laundry and you can do we'll all be deprived of all these things after one of the program. oh and i don't want. us officials have been staunchly denying that a geisha is that washington had a hand installing projects in india but experts say this has been
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a tactic employed by the state department for more than a quarter of a century so the state department or any agency for international development spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund a series of n.g.o.s which are not the governments organizations they appear organizations that supposedly promote democracy that's their official line is n.g.o.s really are the tip of the iceberg. very often they are a visible portion of a larger agenda of the united states and of the western powers or the transitional elites is going to follow the same terms that we've seen. elsewhere around the world with this n.g.o.s ation with the indian leadership is clearly concerned about these pro sports the last known date on the financing of indian n.g.o.s was published in twenty eleven back then the government established that twenty two thousand organizations had received a total of more than two billion dollars coming from abroad six hundred fifty million of which allegedly came from the united states this year new delhi has yet
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to publish such reports but government sources claim that nowadays this funding has dwindled to almost nothing the bank accounts of more than seven hundred such organizations have been frozen and legislation against foreign educated bodies has been toughened and while activists bristle over what they believe to be a suppression of freedoms in the country often described as the world's most populous democracy india's economists say that numerous vital projects including the could uncle on nuclear power stations will now get the green light let's hear a chef steve. i just momentarily see it's a modern break in this. interview .
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a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous bad luck i got so many i mean the town i know that i've seen the seems really really messed up. in the old story so closely. it's a little worse if you're going to go to the white house or the. radio guy for the tailgate minestrone cause they want to watch closely to give you never seen anything like this i'm told. ok guys i'm abby martin and welcome to breaking the set surely if you've been watching the queer brits news if you're already aware the jury is about to make their decision on the fate of george zimmerman yes this lone court case that has completely dominated mainstream media for weeks is finally coming to an end believe it or not amidst the zimmerman the hype another court case began this week that is
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much more relevance to you and i on wednesday the trial of alleged boston bomber nineteen year old dzhokhar sarno began appeared before a federal court and pled not guilty to thirty separate charges related to april's boston marathon bombings claiming reporters inside the courtroom started have appeared to be still recovering from injuries and ordered from the police and gun fire citing that he was wearing a cast. and half of this face was extremely swollen and despite the media incessantly covering the boston bombings for weeks and weeks along with the high profile chase of this kid the story of his trial seems to be completely omitted from the corporate media and since the federal court case well that means no cameras video or audio recordings that share with the public there's one glaring problem with keeping the public in the dark about this case how will we ever get answers from the police department about what what down and why more importantly how can we get closure from sarnia of why he did what he did.